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Deputy Sheriff Robert J. Shaw | Monterey County Sheriff's Department, California Monterey County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

Robert J. Shaw

Monterey County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, April 9, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Heart attack

Incident Date: 4/9/1988

Weapon: Not available

Suspect: Not available

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Deputy Shaw suffered a fatal heart attack while conducting crowd control at a riot. He and other deputies were on post at the Grand Prix Championship motorcycle race at Laguna Seca Raceway when a group of approximately 400 people began creating a disturbance. Dressed in riot gear, the deputies attempted to stop the riot, at which time Deputy Shaw suffered the heart attack. Other deputies performed CPR on him while surrounded by a ring of deputies holding the crowd back. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Deputy Shaw had been with the agency for nine years and was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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I am Bob and Cindy's oldest daughter, Amanda. As I sit here in tears reading all of your reflections, I am truly humbled and honored to be his daughter. My sister and I were so young when our dad died and we do not have the pleasure of the fond memories and stories. Reading and hearing stories about how funny he was and what a GOOD MAN he was makes our hearts happy. Thank you to all who have written here. Daddy: we love and miss you more that these words can express.

Amanda Vancil (Shaw)
November 18, 2013


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